The band Led Zeppelin was formed in 1968. It was made up by Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham. This group created an English rock band with a heavy rock - blues sound. Even though Led Zeppelin was reported as one of the original heavy metal or hard rock bands, the members preferred not to be put into one category of music. They considered themselves to have an individual sound influenced by all areas of music. The band originally toured under the name of the New Yardbirds, but after one tour realized they needed an original name of their own. Lead Zeppelin, a private joke of a disastrous gig, was adjusted to Led Zeppelin and it stuck.
In December of 1968, Led Zeppelin made their U.S. debut, just before their first album was released. During that first year, the band toured England and the United States and was still able to release two albums. The band's popularity continued to grow over the next few years, however, they continued to resist television appearances. The band members insisted that their fans deserved to see and hear them in person rather than through the television. The band experienced great success during the 1970s and many of rock culture's stores of excessive and sin have been attributed to the group.
Led Zeppelin stayed together until the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. The remaining members decided it was best to honor Led Zeppelin by disbanding rather than replacing John Bonham and continuing on. Led Zeppelin was inducted into the United States Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and has been rated as one of the Rolling Stones' 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. Led Zeppelin has been and continues to be an influence on musicians in many different genres of music. The Led Zeppelin logo has also made it's mark and will continue to live on in the world of fashion as well in music.